I agree with part of Mr. Cooper's view (July 8 Empire) on the Fourth of July parade about the gays being in the parade. I don't believe that they should be a part of our country's Independence Day celebration. The same goes for the politicians who on occasion decide to be part of the parade. They should save their campaigning for election time. As far as our military and our public servants such as the police and fire departments, our armed services are there to protect the freedoms we all enjoy and are the whole reason why we commemorate the Fourth of July. Our public servants such as the police are there to protect us citizens from harm and to keep order in our cities.
In addition, our fire departments are not only there to keep us safe from fires. They also provide emergency medical assistance to those of us in need. I don't believe that the panel should be replaced. I think that the panel should remember that the Fourth of July is in celebration of independence from some of the oppression that our forefathers fought and died for and the reason our armed forces are there today. As far as the classic cars, I do not think there is anything wrong with that. And by the way, I don't think there's anything wrong with Elvis. What did he do to you?
Marcelino Lee Bagoyo